CTA's BRT plans win part of $1.2 million in foundation funding

The Chicago Transit Authority is one of four U.S. transit agencies sharing a $1.2 million grant to support building bus rapid transit systems. The Rockefeller Foundation grant will support research, communications and community outreach efforts to engage and educate local stakeholders on the benefits of BRT in Boston, Pittsburgh ad Nashville, in addition to Chicago.

Proposed design for BRT in Central Loop corridor.

Proposed design for BRT in Central Loop corridor.

Meanwhile, the CTA and Chicago Department of Transportation last month unveiled proposed lane configurations for the Central Loop East-West Transit Corridor, according to BRTChicago.com. Beginning in 2014, the downtown Bus Rapid Transit route will connect Union Station with Navy Pier.

The plans call for improving mostly existing bus-only lanes on two miles of streets: Canal, Washington, Madison and Clinton. The streets with bus-only lanes include the following Bus Rapid Transit features: level boarding, queue jumps for buses at key intersections, and other features to help speed traffic through the Loop.

 

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  • even though it's not real BRT, I am looking forward to the Ashland bus going this way.

  • The "grant will support research, communications and community outreach efforts to engage and educate local stakeholders on the benefits of BRT".

    Which means all the money, maybe $300,000 will go to consultants to piss away on fancy, colorful & expensive artwork to display at a few meetings they setup & populate with shills to say how wonderful this will be, instead of just funding one reinstated express bus route here!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Normally I would say that, but this is private money. If the Rockefeller Foundation feels that it is a charitable purpose to keep consultants out of poverty, that's its business, unless they are trying to take a tax deduction for it, in which case it is the IRS's business, and the IRS can take care of itself.

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